Push it to the limit
Push it through the pain
I push it for the pleasure like a virgin to the game
A virgin to that money
A virgin to the fame
So this my only chance
And when I'm over only pray that I flow from the bottom

from The Weeknd – The Morning Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This verse plays with his music career being like sex, whether he is a whore or a virgin. A girl who is a virgin goes through pain her first time, so that she can get the pleasure later on. In relation, he’s got to go through hard times to get to where he wants to be in the game.

While a first-timer pushes through the pain in order to find pleasure, those with more experience push it to the limit in order to reach higher peaks of pleasure.

Experienced artists eventually have to go on to find newer methods of performing their art. They are forced to push the envelope even further than before in order to step up their game and retain their supremacy at the mountaintop, especially as fresher faces begin their own climb….

…With their eyes and targets set on the throne crowning the peak.

ACCEPTED COMMENT: The Abel sings a few of the lines, it can be also heard as “aversion” (i.e. to the fame) which plays off The Weeknd’s very private persona.

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